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Student of the Month Winners for May 2024


SOM May 2024

L to R: MTA President Joe Byrne, Lillianna Hickey, Myles Hosey, Samantha Covis of Lee-Whedon Library, Wise Intermediate Dean of Students Mollie Mark, and MCSD Superintendent Dr. Mark Kruzynski.  


The Medina Teachers Association, the Medina School District, and the Medina Area Partnership are proud to announce the May selections for Students of the Month.  This award is a combined effort of these organizations to recognize students who go above and beyond to help teachers and fellow students succeed and enjoy school.  


Lee-Whedon Memorial Library has graciously sponsored the award for May.  This month, students are being honored with this article and a yard sign from the MTA to celebrate their achievement. The yard sign was presented by Joseph Byrne, President of the Medina Teachers’ Association.  Dr. Kruzynski also presented the winners with a pen and pencil set.  In addition, Lee Whedon Memorial Library presented each of this month’s winners with an Author's Note gift certificate and a fidget spinner.


Nominated by Shannon Markarian of Oak Orchard was first grader, Lillianna Hickey.  Mrs. Markarian shared the following about Lillianna. Lillianna is an excellent student who always tries her best.  She is a fluent reader who is always willing to help a friend sound out a word.  She is sensitive to the needs of others and is eager to play with someone who feels left out or make a kind gesture to someone having a rough day. Lillianna knows how to tie her shoes and will often help other kids when their laces are untied so that they don't trip.  Lillianna is not only an excellent student, but she is also very helpful and kind to everyone around her.  When a new student entered the classroom, Lillianna made her feel comfortable and helped her with the morning routine, showed her through the cafeteria line, and played with her during recess.  She is incredibly polite and responsible, always offering to help clean up and organize materials.  She is an excellent reader who often helps others sound out words when reading with a partner.


From Wise Intermediate School, Katie Toub and Megan Zambito nominated one of their third grade students, Myles Hosey. When Mrs. Toub and Mrs. Zambito indicated their reasons for nominating Myles, they shared the following.  When we began working with Myles, he was shy and lacked confidence in his academic abilities. Since then, Myles has worked hard to make growth in his reading, writing, and math skills. Myles’ biggest accomplishment has been in the area of writing. At first, he was shy and lacked confidence in his writing ability. He needed a teacher to write sentences for him so he could copy them.  Since then, Myles has worked very hard to write sentences independently, even restating and using evidence when needed. His writing now includes many complete sentences with correct grammar, capitalization and punctuation, all of which he completes independently. Most recently, Myles worked really hard on both his ELA and Math State Tests. He was confident in his answers and persevered through math problems he typically finds very difficult. Myles doesn’t give up, instead using strategies he has learned to do his best work in all areas. Myles seems to really enjoy being at school and hardly misses any days. He made friends within the classroom and is kind to all his peers. Myles always follows directions and is ready and willing to learn. He has become confident in his educational skills and is not afraid to ask for help. He has really come out of his shell and exudes confidence in all of his work. We are so proud of Myles’ hard work and the progress he has made this school year.


From the Junior-Senior High School, Madison Sanders, a tenth grader, was nominated by Samantha Rennie.  Mrs. Rennie shared that she has known Madison since her eighth grade year. She has one of the most positive auras that I have ever come across. She has such a bubbly personality and brightens any room. She greets everyone with a huge smile every day and is so kind to everyone she meets. Regardless of whether I have eighth graders in my room or twelfth graders, she is equally friendly with them all and receives the same welcome in return. Recently, we had a guest speaker at our culture club meeting, and I was observed in her class by an administrator and both adults commented on how wonderful she was. If two different adults can reach the same conclusion in such a short period of time, you can only imagine how lovely Madison is once you get to truly know her. In addition to her kindness, she is a great student and teammate in our school community. She takes pride in all she does, brings forth her very best effort, and is the first person to offer help to anyone who needs it. I look forward to seeing how she will positively impact our school for the remainder of her high school career. 


Congratulations to this month’s winners! The MTA, MCSD, and the MAP will continue the student of the month program throughout the school year. Be on the lookout for the next honorees in the coming months. Look for posters in the windows of Medina businesses identifying them as proud supporters of this program. Who will be the next outstanding Medina student to be honored???